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Mobility News Weekly – Week of November 9, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Apple’s mobile devices proved to be the dominant platform for enterprise clients in September, according to a new report by secure mobility solutions provider Good Technology. iOS handsets lead the enterprise market with 73 percent of smartphone activations thanks to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.  Read Original Content

Nothing sells like “free.” Microsoft Word is now the number one free iPhone and iPad application on iTunes, closely followed by other Microsoft Office apps including Excel and PowerPoint. The apps have shot up to the top of Apple’s App Store after last week’s pricing changes.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics and SAP SE announced initial plans to deliver enterprise mobility solutions for a number of industries; once implemented, the plans are expected to help create an enterprise mobility ecosystem based on Samsung mobile devices.  Read Original Content

The cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications can actually meet or exceed the original cost and time to implement those systems. In their new report, “StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps”, 451 Research details the advantages of StarMobile’s app development tool and how it can drastically reduce the cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications. Download report here: http://starmobileinc.com/report-451research-starmobile-transforms-mobile-apps-into-enterprise-apps/

Korean smartphone maker Samsung continues to dominate the India smartphone segment with 25 percent market share in the third quarter of 2014, followed by Micromax and Karbonn with 20 percent and 10 percent market share respectively with China's Xiaomi making rapid strides, according to Counterpoint research.  Read Original Content

Lenovo Group Ltd. said the era of “hypergrowth” is over in China’s smartphone market after the company reported its slowest sales growth in six quarters.  Read Original Content
Phablet enthusiasts are in for a treat as China-based smartphone manufacturer, ZTE Corporation, has released its first ZTE-branded smartphone in the U.S. market – the ZMax. The ZTE ZMax houses a 5.7-inch, 1280 x 720 resolution display, and although it’s not the sharpest visuals out there, the extensive battery life makes up for it.  Read Original Content

Right now, Microsoft lays claim to 12 percent of the smartphone market in India, according to research firm Gfk.  Read Original Content

Canalys’ smartphone data for Q3 2014 shows the global market is in robust health, with year-on-year growth of 23 percent over Q3 2013, and a shipment total exceeding 300 million units in a quarter for the first time.  Read Original Content

Xiaomi Corp. led China smartphone shipments in the third quarter as local brands including Vivo ate into the share of global market leaders Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc., researcher Canalys said.  Read Original Content

Microsoft's first Windows smartphone since it dumped the Nokia brand will arrive on Tuesday, and a teaser from the company hints it will be a new low-end model.  Read Original Content

Analysts forecast the Smartphone market in the US will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.8 percent in terms of revenue over the period 2013-2018, according to ReportsnReports.  Read Original Content

According to the recently published report by TechSci Research, "UAE Smartphone Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019", the smartphone market in the UAE is forecast to reach US $9.32 billion in 2019.  Read Original Content

Apple is embarking on its most aggressive expansion yet onto corporate turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients like Citigroup Inc and working in concert with a dozen or so developers.  Read Original Content

Ericsson's top executives have predicted video traffic will account for at least 50 percent of all mobile traffic on the network by 2020.  Read Original Content

Mozilla said phones running its web-based Firefox OS would soon launch in Africa, expanding into a major smartphone growth region at a time when competing smartphone platforms are targeting the entry-level market.  Read Original Content

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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is an opinionated futurist, Principal Analyst at the Center for Digital Intelligence™, C4DIGI.com, emerging technologies analyst, and digital transformation and business strategy consultant. In the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries, and is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He spent nearly 5 years working as a Senior Analyst at Cognizant (CTSH), and 2 years serving in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work where he wrote many reports, hundreds of articles, interviewed technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries. He has written articles published in The Guardian, wrote the Forward to SAP Press' book titled "Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP", published over 3,000 articles and was featured as thought leader and digital strategist in the Department of Defense's IQT intelligence journal. Kevin lectures and leads workshops, teaches and consults with companies and government agencies around the world to help develop digital transformation and business strategies. Visit his website at C4DIGI.com.